Peer Recovery Specialists are people who have been successful in the recovery process who now help others who are struggling with mental health or substance use. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, Peer Recovery Specialists help people stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking successful, sustained recovery. Peers are trained to engage with individuals in any stage of the change process. Peer Recovery Specialists are a critical part of addressing the addiction crisis and ending overdose deaths. Incorporating trained Peers into an organization supports a trauma informed care approach to treatment and services.

Through the Maryland Department of Labor and the Opioid Workforce Innovation Fund, Voices of Hope, Inc. is offering the full curriculum, internships, exam preparation, and supervision to qualified individuals to become a Maryland Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). This classification is viewed as the title for the peer recovery support worker primarily involved in providing recovery support services to individuals living with behavioral health disorders. This credential is governed by the Maryland Behavioral-health Professional Certification Board, as a consortium member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). This is a reciprocal credential offered at the international level. Peer Recovery Support Specialists are part of an evidence-based profession that improves outcomes of behavioral health treatment and interventions.

Peers are people with lived experience with recovery from behavioral health disorders, family members and allies of the recovery movement. Individuals are given the skills, knowledge, and abilities to transform that lived experience into the helping profession. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are employed by medical organizations, the justice system, in public health and community-based organizations.

CPRS Training includes 500 hours of Peer internship, 25 hours of approved Registered Peer Supervision and includes individualized preparation and support for the CPRS Exam and fee. Internship hours can be completed at a part-time or full-time basis.

Courses can also be contracted for your organization. Contact Voices of Hope to receive a quote (443) 993-7055.